When talking with Erika via Viber last evening, her challenge for me was to view 20 sites of interest today. This was quite a challenge as the daylight hours were from 10:00 until 14:35.
1. NIDAROS CATHEDRAL
It is the national sanctuary of Norway. Work began in 1070 and the building was completed in about 1300. After being damaged by fire, it lay largely in ruins for several hundred years. In 1869 extensive restorations were begun and a century later the cathedral was again restored to its original grandeur.
2. CATHEDRAL GIRLS’ CHOIR
To our surprise and delight the choir were having a final practice for a performance tonight – beautiful music in an amazing building.
3. MUSEET ERKEBISPEGARDEN
The Archbishop’s Palace is the oldest secular building in Scandinavia. The Museum shows archaeological finds from the palace’s history.
4. CATHEDRAL CAFE
MM and I visited three times today. It was a place with a lovely atmosphere, beautiful music, good coffee, hearty vegetable soup and very clean toilets – all good!
The old quarter on the east side of the River with 19th and 20th century wooden houses built as working class accommodation, now restored.
6. OLD TOWN BRIDGE – GAMLE BYBRO
the first bridge here was built in 1681 to provide easy access from the city to Kristiansten Fortress.
7. OLD WATCH HOUSE
The old Watch House at the bridge’s western end is today the home of a local Kindergarten.
8. KRISTIANSTEN FORTRESS
The Fortress was built after the great fire of 1681. During WWII the Nazi authorities executed members of the Norwegian resistance here.
9. BRYGGENE -THE WHARVES
The oldest of the wharves lining the River as it passes through the city were built in the 1700’s. They appear today as they did then.
10. NORDENFJELDSKE KUNSTINDUSTRIMUSEUM
National Museum of decorative arts and design. (Only saw outside)
11. TRONDHEIM MUSEUM OF ART
The Museum of Art has the third largest collection of Art in Norway.
12. VAR FRUE KIRKE
Church of our Lady is run by the City Mission as an open church and is a place to pray, meet over a cup of coffee or tea and to seek shelter.
13. OLAV TRYGGVASON COLUMN
The city square is dominated by the 18 metre tall column and statue of the Viking King Olaf TRYGGVASON who founded Trondheim in 997 A.D.
14. EGON TARNET
120 metre telecommunications tower – the workplace of our host who is a cameraman with Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. (There is a viewing platform, but “no” I didn’t go there). Photo taken from our balcony – the small red light marks the top.
15. STIFTSGARDEN ROYAL RESIDENCE
Stiftsgarden is the Royal Residence in Trondheim and the largest wooden mansion in Scandinavia with its 140 rooms and 4000 m2. The mansion was originally built as a private residence 1774-78.
16. THE GO’DAGEN STATUE
Modelled after a woman who came to Trondheim to work as a housemaid. After retiring she spent her time in the area around the city square, always greeting passers-by with a smiling “GO’DAGEN” – good day!
There is one tram that travels from St. Olavs Gate 8.8 Kms. to Lian. There is a Tramway Museum. We returned from our wanderings today on the tram, but didn’t think to take a photo.
An aside -when our host was giving us directions into the Centre MM asked what number tram we should catch and he looked a little startled as there is only one tram.
18. TRONDHEIM CENTRAL STATION
Joint terminal for bus and train services.
The Terminal building is currently undergoing construction work.
In the Pottery at Trondheim Torg shopping centre hand-made products are decorated with distinctive hand drawn patterns – a family tradition since 1797.
20. I haven’t any information for the fellow below but it is an interesting statue and I couldn’t resist the photo as my walk at first light of day was blessed with orange/pink skies.